Recipe: Fante-Fante (Ghanaian fresh fish sauce) with Banku

Recipe: Fante-Fante (Ghanaian fresh fish sauce) with Banku

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Hey guys! Upon the feedback on Twitter, I decided to do another recipe post. Fante-Fante was the most chosen dish, so here we go…

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What you need

– Fresh Fish: I used barracudas, also known as melussa. You can use any fish you want. If the bones scare you, feel free to use any fresh fish filet.

– onions, pepper, tomatoes and ginger: I used the tomato paste,  not fresh tomatoes. You can use fresh tomatoes as well. I had two onions,  one red pepper and about half of the ginger you see on the board, say 100 grams.

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– palm/red oil: You don’t need much. Just three/four tablespoonfuls will do.
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Procedure

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Start with cleaning the fish and cutting them into desired sizes.  Salt the fish and set it aside.

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Continue with the palm oil and sliced onion. First, oil in the pan, then sliced onion. Some may add concentrated tomato paste after the onions have started frying.
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Blend the second onion with the pepper and ginger. Add the pulp to the onions and oil. Stir well and then add the tomato paste after about two/three minutes.

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After about five minutes you add the fresh cleaned fish. Add about 100ml of water to help the fish cook. You’re basically done with the sauce. Let it simmer till the fish is cooked. Add salt, if necessary.

Banku

You need corn dough and cassava dough.
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The easiest way is to take same amount of corn dough as cassava dough. 50-50, that is.
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Mix the two with water to a semi-thick paste. Do not forget to add salt.
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Start cooking, stirring constantly. After a while, you should achieve such texture as in the picture.  You know your banku is done when it doesn’t stick to your fingers.

If banku is too much of a hassle, rice is a perfect alternative.

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Challenge: Loving when you’re not being loved back.

Quick update on the forgiveness challenge: I’ve been able to totally forgive some people and not look back at what they did to me. It worked even better than I thought. This challenge has however opened my eyes to the kind of relationship I have with some people and how they actually see our relationship.

Some people will keep offending me because they do not value me the way I value them. I believe that friendship means wanting the best for the other, encouraging the growth of the friendship through actions. However, I’ve noticed that some people I call friends do not care about our friendship or about my welfare. They are not friends I can rely on. They do not put in any effect to help me when I need it. This is quite a disappointment for me because I try as much as possible to be there for them. I do not mind going out of my way to make a friend happy. I’m not saying this to boast. This is how I was brought up. This is who I’ve grown up to become. Another failed part is respect. Respect is reciprocal. But it seems some people have either missed this or successfully ignored it.

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Now, how do I intend to deal with this? It hurts. It’s disappointing. It scares me from making new friends and trusting them. It scares me from being me, from giving my best at being  the good friend that I ought and want to be.

The best way, I’ve discovered,  is to limit such friendships. That doesn’t mean you’ve to become rude or mean. I’ll help when I am called to but I will try to keep my distance. It’s being close to the person that gets me hurt and disappointed so keeping my distance will keep the frequency low. And the distance and less hurting will help me forget the pain and forgive them. I don’t have to see them every time to be reminded of my pain. Limiting their access also helps you learn not to rely on them or expect anything from them.

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Channel your energy where it’s needed. You derive motivation from that.

Had any experience with this issue? Share with me below! I need every tip that’ll make the forgiveness challenge go better where possible.

Thanks for reading!